Griffith Society and Dunford Lecture
At the end of September, the Sports Scholars (members of the Griffith Society) were put through their paces by two strength and conditioning coaches.
The focus of the afternoon session was on injury prevention exercise and functional movement patterns, giving the scholars some ideas to take away with them to work on for the rest of the year.
After two hours of hard work, and a very enjoyable dinner prepared by the chef, the scholars were joined by a number of other sporting enthusiasts and beaks to listen to Shelley Rudman. Shelley is an Olympic Skeleton athlete, whose career highlights include winning Olympic Silver in 2006 and becoming Britain’s first Skeleton World Champion in 2013.
Shelley talked animatedly about her journey from a good junior hurdler at school to Winter Olympian. The detail of her training, and particularly how she combined studying, working and family life with a demanding training and competition schedule was particularly interesting. We also enjoyed video clips from her Olympic success, and this really helped us understand the bravery and preparation needed to become world class in Skeleton – where you can travel up to 90mph during a ‘slide’. The evening was rounded out by some thoughtful questions from the audience, as well as the opportunity to hold the famous medal!
Thanks to James Davies from Exerformance and Shelley Rudman for an inspiring day to get the sports scholars off to a positive start for the 2015/16 academic year.
Director of Sport